One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a cancerous growth) invasive at a microscopic level.
- ‘Criteria for microinvasive adenocarcinomas have not been established.’
- ‘In addition, CT scan is not sensitive for detection of superficial, preinvasive / microinvasive cancers in the central airways.’
- ‘A 35-year-old woman with a palpable mass in the right breast underwent a lumpectomy that showed a microinvasive carcinoma amid ductal carcinoma in situ of the comedo type.’
- ‘In situ or microinvasive cancers in the central airways are not usually seen on CT.’
- ‘Histopathologic examination of the lung showed microinvasive carcinoma at two different sites.’
2Denoting or relating to techniques and procedures that minimize the extent of surgical intervention.
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